NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 25, 2017

by | May 25, 2017 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Patric Hornqvist (above) and Justin Schultz could return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup for Game 7 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final.

Updates on the Penguins, Senators, Predators and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.  

TSN: Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan believes it’s reasonable to assume sidelined forward Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Justin Schultz rejoin the lineup for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final tonight.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Zack Smith hopes to do a better job containing Penguins star Evgeni Malkin in Game 7. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The winner of this series faces the Nashville Predators in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, which begins on Monday, May 29.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher missed his club’s final two games of the Western Conference Final with an apparent head injury. However, he could be ready to return to the roster for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. 

BSN DENVER: The Colorado Avalanche received permission from the Toronto Maple Leafs to speak with assistant general manager Kyle Dubas. That’s sparked speculation Dubas could be hired as the Avs new GM. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If that’s the case, I’m assuming current GM Joe Sakic would remain as the Avs executive vice president. The Leafs willingness to allow Dubas to speak to the Avalanche suggests he no longer fits into their long-term front-office plans. 

STLTODAY: The St. Louis Blues hired Darryl Sydor as an assistant coach. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes have hired former minor-league player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout. Cunningham, former captain of the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate in Tucson, had his playing career ended by cardiac arrest during a game last November, resulting in the amputation of part of one leg. 

NBC SPORTS:  The Dallas Stars reportedly hired former Detroit Red Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks have unveiled their plans to host next month’s NHL Draft.



  1. I wouldn’t say Dubas doesn’t fit into the Leafs plans but, much like Jason Botterill, he was given permission to take a bigger role with a different team because there is no time frame for the incumbent GM to retire or move on. Both Rutherford and Lou could hang around for years.

    Gettig Shultz and Horny back, while still maintaining the same level of play as the last 2 games, could give the Penguins a huge advantage to win tonight. Here’s hoping both are back and ready to go!

    • Yeah think you’re right Dee I’m not sure about the angle that article is going when 7 days ago Lou sounded very happy and praised the work that Dubas has done Its most likely they realize Dubas is ready for a larger role and blocking him from speaking to other clubs is not a smart way to do business.

  2. Dubas is considered one of the bright young minds in hockey and it was thought that he would learn from Lou to take over the GM duties after Lou’s contract was up.Not sure here why permission was granted unless Dubas himself doesn’t see a bright future with MLSE

  3. It would be disrespectful for the Leafs to not allow Dubas to interview for the position. It won’t be the first time he has turned down an opportunity, this is simply a class act head office being a class act, doesn’t appear to be a cutting ways move.